27 migrants disembark in Malta

Police officers in protective clothing against possible coronavirus infection tag a child migrant on a military ship after arriving in Senglea
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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A group of nine children and eighteen females have been disembarked in Malta for humanitarian reasons, said the Armed Forces of Malta in a statement published on Wednesday morning.

A government’s spokesperson confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that with the 27 migrants there were 90 more saved by the Armed Forces of Malta and were taken onboard one of the Captian Morgan Vessels.

On Tuesday, in Parliament, Minister Byron Camilleri was confirmed that the government pays for food and other supplies required by the asylum seekers detained on vessels chartered from Captain Morgan, in addition to the cost of chartering the vessels themselves.

The government is paying Captain Morgan €3,000 a day to host asylum seekers on its vessels,

According to a report published on Monday by the United Nations, Libya’s coastguard has stopped nearly 400 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean in five boats last weekend. This means that more than 1,000 the number of people who have attempted the crossing this month despite the closure of Libya’s international borders because of the coronavirus. 

The United Nations said that the pandemic and a surge in fighting around Libya’s capital Tripoli have added to the problems for the thousands of migrants trying to pass through the country en route to Europe.